Hearing will determine how much Harvey Updyke has to pay Auburn - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Hearing will determine how much Harvey Updyke has to pay Auburn Univ.

© A court hearing was held Wednesday in regards to restitution from Harvey Updyke for the poisoning of the Toomer's Corner Oaks. Updyke was not required to attend and did not. © A court hearing was held Wednesday in regards to restitution from Harvey Updyke for the poisoning of the Toomer's Corner Oaks. Updyke was not required to attend and did not.
Court Document: University's financial claims against Harvey Updyke. Court Document: University's financial claims against Harvey Updyke.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The man convicted of poisoning the famed oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner may soon know how much money he'll have to pay in restitution.

A hearing is being conducted in Elmore County to decide the amount Harvey Updyke will have to pay to Auburn University for the act that killed the trees.

Auburn University is asking for more than $1 million, but Updyke's attorneys say that amount is too much. They declined to do any interviews.

The University spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process of trying to save the trees, as well as remove the herbicide Spike80DF from the ground as it spread to other vegetation.

Auburn University says it spent a total of $675,208.95 to save the trees and other associated projects. After Updyke's plea, Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese said whatever the amount is that's lodged against him, it will be doubled under the Alabama Farm Animal, Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act. That means the University is seeking a total of $1,350,417.90 from Updyke.

Wednesday, Treese said the court would consider Updyke's ability to pay the amount, "but as far as the future is concerned, who knows? He just may want to try to write a book, he could win the lottery...and if that were to happen, certainly any victim in any case is entitled to be compensated for the damages as a result of the criminal act," Treese adds.

A decision won't be made on the monetary amount for at least 15 days.

Updyke was not in the courtroom for the hearing, nor was he required to be. He remains out of jail on supervised probation after serving 76 days in jail.

Updyke took a plea deal in March 2013 and agreed to plead guilty to Criminal Damage of an Agriculture Facility, a Class C felony, for poisoning the iconic trees with a herbicide following the Auburn Tigers football team's Iron Bowl win in 2010.

The die-hard Alabama fan called a popular radio talk show under the alias "Al from Dadeville" months after the act to boast of what he'd done. He's since been virtually blacklisted by the University of Alabama and his plea deal requires he not attend any collegiate athletic event and to not enter any property owned by Auburn University.

Auburn fans had long included the trees, which marked the entrance to the University from downtown, in their victory celebrations by rolling the them with toilet paper after an athletic win. The trees have since been removed and replaced temporarily with wires that will allow for celebrations while the University continues work on restoring the corner.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 9:21 AM EDT2017-04-28 13:21:13 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Florida man, angry over chicken cost, shoots Popeye's worker in leg

    VIDEO: Florida man, angry over chicken cost, shoots Popeye's worker in leg

    Friday, April 28 2017 2:49 PM EDT2017-04-28 18:49:05 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 2:53 PM EDT2017-04-28 18:53:06 GMT

    Police are looking for a suspect they say shot a fast-food worker in the leg after an argument turned violent.

    More >>

    Police are looking for a suspect they say shot a fast-food worker in the leg after an argument turned violent.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly